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What are the important events that happened on December 11? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 11 is the 346th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 20 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 28, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,690,240 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatetracontahexagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 48 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,451 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 11 Historical Events

  • 1816
    Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.
  • 1948
    The United Nations passes General Assembly Resolution 194, which established and defined the role of the United Nations Conciliation Commission as an organization to facilitate peace in the British Mandate for Palestine.
  • 1962
    Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada.
  • 1980
    The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as CERCLA or Superfund, is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1994
    First Chechen War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya.

Who were born on December 11?

  • 1761
    Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (d. 1835)
  • 1801
    Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German writer (d. 1836)
  • 1931
    Pierre Pilote, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1938
    Reg Livermore, Australian entertainer
  • 1967
    Mo'Nique, American actress/comedienne

Who died on December 11?

  • 1226
    Robert de Ros, English politician (b. 1177)
  • 1797
    Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • 1964
    Percy Kilbride, American actor (b. 1888)
  • 1964
    Sam Cooke, American singer (b. 1931)
  • 1983
    Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)

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